Late 1930s English Speaking Union (ESU) Membership / Donation Badge


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Exquisite 1930s English Speaking Union Compass Badge – A Rare Collectible

Dive into the heart of international camaraderie with this striking badge from the English Speaking Union (ESU), a testament to the enduring legacy of an organization founded on the vision of Irish journalist Sir Evelyn Wrench in 1918. With its roots stretching back to the early 20th century, this badge not only symbolizes the union of English speakers worldwide but also represents a piece of history from an era marked by global communication and understanding.

Origin and Heritage

This badge, originating from the late 1930s, serves as a beautiful homage to the ESU, an international charitable education organization that continues to thrive today. It was during this period that the United States branch, established in 1920, began to flourish, fostering a global exchange of language and culture.

Design and Craftsmanship

Meticulously crafted, the badge showcases an elegant compass design, a symbol of guidance and unity, adorned in the patriotic hues of red, white, and blue enamel. Its circular form, measuring approximately 1-1/4″ in diameter, is composed of gilt brass and enamel, reflecting a refined aesthetic and durable construction.

Attachment and Markings

The badge is equipped with a horizontal pin and a come-under locking swivel catch, ensuring secure attachment. It proudly bears the inscription “ENGLISH SPEAKING UNION U.S.A. FOUNDED 1920 ACCESSOCRAFT,” marking its authenticity and historical significance.

Embrace the opportunity to own a piece of the rich legacy of global fellowship and education. This badge is a must-have for collectors and enthusiasts alike, offering a glimpse into a bygone era of international unity and cultural exchange.

Additional information

Weight0.5 lbs
Dimensions6.0 × 4.0 × 2.0 in